Western Railway Mazdoor Sangh wins railway union polls

VADODARA: The Western Railway Mazdoor Sangh (WRMS) has emerged victorious in the elections for recognition of railway unions in the entire western zone.

WRMS under leadership of its general secretary and veteran leader J G Mahurkar has bagged first position and scored 45 per cent of the total votes polled during the elections that were conducted by a secret ballot over three days starting from April 25.

WRMS, which had contested with rose as symbol, has won elections and secured first position in Mumbai, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Bhavnagar railway divisions and secured second position only in Ratlam division.

In workshops, WRMS has stood first at Mahalaxmi in Mumbai, Dohad, Bhavnagar and engineering workshop at Sabarmati while it has stood second at Pratapnagar and Parel workshops.

The Western Railway Employees Union, which secured second position, scored 40 per cent of the total votes polled.

At the same time, the National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) to which WRMS is affiliated has improved its position.

NFIR, which was recognized in nine zonal unions, is now recognized in 12 out of 16 zonal unions including WRMS.

NFIR which had contested the polls under the leadership of general secretary M Raghavaiah is the only union which has got recognition at Bilaspur zone while it has also won election in Delhi this time.

Mahurkar, WRMS general secretary and vice-president of NFIR, thanked all the 81,000 employees of Western Railway who cast votes in this secret ballot election.

“NFIR is working hard to achieve cadre restructuring of all categories of railwaymen working in mechanical, electrical, civil engineering, commercial, traffic, clerical, store and medical departments of Indian Railways,” Mahurkar told, adding that more than 2.5 lakh employees will get promotions at the cost of Rs 600 crore in the next three to four months time.

NFIR has also requested the railway ministry to allow free medical treatment to parents of railway employees.

“NFIR was founded by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Gulzarilal Nanda in 1948 to establish a constructive trade union movement in our country because the communist unions who dominated the scene before 1947 were harassing the government by organizing strikes every now and then,” he said.

“This monopoly of communist unions has been scuttled by NFIR including WRMS. NFIR believes in negotiated settlement and arbitration as far as settlement of demands is concerned because this is a duty which the railwaymen owe to the 23 million of passengers who travel on 12,500 trains every day in our country. It (NFIR) also wants to improve quality of service under dynamic leadership of M Raghavaiah – a farsighted leader of 34 lakh Central government employees,” said Mahurkar.